Al-Hilal and Chelsea battled in the Club World Cup semi-finals at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, and it was the Blues who advanced to the final on Sunday after winning 1-0.
Chelsea had dominated the first 45 minutes when Romelu Lukaku scored the game’s first goal in the 32nd minute, but Al-Hilal caused the Blues a lot of headaches in the second half.
Chelsea’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel, was absent for this match after testing positive for COVID-19, and it was a tale of two halves for his club as he watched from the stands. The Blues were quite confident in the first half and generated a lot of chances, but they only scored one.
Lukaku scored when Kai Havertz fired a looping cross into the box that hit Yasser Al-Shahrani and then dropped at the feet of Lukaku, who struck past Abdullah Al-Muaiouf from a few yards away.
In the 68th minute, Mohamed Kanno had the best chance for Al-Hilal, as his curling effort seemed like it was going to land up in the corner of Kepa’s goal, but the Spaniard made a world-class save to keep Chelsea’s lead intact.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 9, 2022